People Who Travel (1938 French-language film)

People Who Travel (French: Les Gens du voyage) is a 1938 French-German film directed by Jacques Feyder. The film was a co-production with a separate German version Travelling People also released. It is a circus film.

People Who Travel
Directed byJacques Feyder
Written byJacques Feyder
Jacques Viot
StarringFrançoise Rosay
André Brulé
Marie Glory
Sylvia Bataille
Music byWolfgang Zeller
CinematographyJosef Illig
Franz Koch
Edited byRoger Spiri-Mercaton
Distributed byTobis Film
Release date
4 March 1938 (France)
Running time
108 minutes


Due to an accident at the Barlay Circus, animal trainer Flora finds Fernand, a former prison escapee, and refers him to manager, Edouard Barlay. The son of Flora (and Fernand), Marcel, does the acrobatics with the manager's daughters, Suzanne and Yvonne. In love with the latter, Suzanne becomes jealous. Squire Pepita is also interested in the young man.

Crew (French version)

  • Written: Jacques Feyder and Jacques Viot
  • Dialogue : Bernard Zimmer
  • Photography : Franz Koch
  • Décor : Jean d'Eaubonne
  • Editing : Roger Mercanton
  • Music : Wolfgang Zeller
  • Assistant technician : André Roanne
  • Producers : Société Films Sonores Tobis - Filmkunst Berlin
  • Genre : Tragedy - Black and white - 121 mn

Cast (French version)

German version

As was common at the time, the film was also filmed at studios in Munich in an alternative version, French and German, the technical team and stars being more or less different in each version.

Only Françoise Rosay kept her role as Flora in the German version, while other stars were: Hans Albers (Fernand), Camilla Horn (Pepita), Herbert Hübner (Edouard Barlay), Irene von Meyendorff (Yvonne Barlay), Ulla Ganglitz (Suzanne Barlay), Hannes Stelzer (Marcel), Aribert Mog (Le lieutenant).


Françoise Rosay refused to have a stunt double in scenes in which she was confronted by lions (cited by Jacques Siclier in Télérama in 1992).

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